• TC50: MySpace CEO DeWolfe Says 95 Percent of Ad Revenues Comes From 9 Countries; Announces New Google Gears Project

    Not all countries are created equal when it comes to social networking, at least in terms of how valuable each user is to advertisers. In an onstage interview with Michael Arrington at TC50, MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe confirmed this: Our international strategy is different than our competitors. We look at advertising dollars, and 95% of all advertising revenues come form 9 countries. In… Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Session 4: Advertising And Commerce

    During the fourth session of TechCrunch 50, three companies came on-stage and discussed ways to improve advertising, while one company told those in attendance how to streamline email and make it easier to manage email overload. The session featured five panelists: Entrepreneur, Marc Andreessen; MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe; Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of; Entrepreneur Yossi… Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Session 3: Enterprise

    TechCrunch50’s third session introduced four companies related to enterprise. The judges for this panel were: Marc Andreessen, Marc Benioff, Ash Patel, and Yossi Vardi. You can see our coverage of the first panel here and the second panel here. A sampling of the judges’ comments follows the company summaries. Read More

  • TC50: Angel Investors Say Now Is Their Time

    We’re in the middle of a wider economic downturn, there are no IPOs, funding is getting thin, but are the Angels unhappy? It looks like not. The downturn has sorted out the wheat from the chaff, the bar has been raised and they feel well-placed against even some of the biggest VC funds. Lucky, then, that working with startups remains a passion for these guys. Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Session 2: Memes & News

    TechCrunch50’s second session introduced four companies related to breaking news and online trends. The judges for this panel were: Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube; Marrissa Mayer, VP product and search; Google; Ron Conway, prolific Angel investor; Dan Farber, Cnet, Editor in chief. You can see our coverage of the first panel here. Read More

  • Yammer Launches at TC50: Twitter For Companies

    David Sacks, the founder of genealogy site Geni, just launched a new company called Yammer on stage at TechCrunch50. Yammer is an enterprise version of Twitter. If Twitter asks: “What Are You Doing?”, Yammer asks: “What Are You Working On?” Engineers at Geni created Yammer internally for the company’s own purposes, but Sacks liked it so much he decided to spin… Read More

  • A New Way to Search: Use Your Mouse

    Here at TechCrunch 50, there are a slew of interesting companies worth writing about on-stage. But I came across one in the Demo Pit that’s just as noteworthy. Called KallOut, the service allows you to search the Web without minimizing the screen and going to the Web and replaces that with a couple clicks of a mouse. According to the company, its research shows that users can search… Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Session 1: Youth and Culture

    Jason Calacanis and Michael Arrington opened TechCrunch50 today saying they wanted to create the “Sundance Film Festival” for the internet industry where companies are judged on merit. Here are our notes on the companies who presented in the first session of the conference, which showcased four startups that pertain to Youth and Culture. Highlights from the expert panel (Chad… Read More

  • Marissa Mayer Demos Google's New Online Newspaper Archive Search

    Google announced today that it is expanding the historical newspaper articles that are searchable online. In partnership with newspaper publishers, it is scanning their print archives and making it available on Google’s News Archive Search. Google’s Marissa Mayer is going to demo the News Archive onstage later today. She showed me a sneak peak of what makes this special. The… Read More

  • TechCrunch50 LiveStream: Day 1 We’ll be streaming TechCrunch50 here Monday through Wednesday so everyone can see the conference’s demos for themselves as they happen. You can also find our written coverage of the conference here and coverage from other news outlets below. Read More

  • Official TechCrunch50 Program (PDF)

    Below is the program guide that is being given out to attendees this morning at TechCrunch50. It includes the full schedule, along with all the panels and keynotes, as well as fuller descriptions of the companies presenting. Read More

  • Announcing The TechCrunch50 Finalists

    We’ve gone through more than 1,000 companies to get down to the final 50 (okay, 52) that will present on stage at TechCrunch50 starting later this morning. We will be covering all of the companies as they present onstage or shortly after. But for now, here’s a list of all the companies that made it (except the last one, which will be picked from the DemoPit by the audience at… Read More

  • All The TC50 Diggs, Feeds, Tweets, and Blog Posts You Can Handle

    I know where I am going to be checking to see what people are saying about TechCrunch50 this week. The TechCrunch50 Aggregator. It is a site developed by Sean Percival to collect all the Twitters, FreindFeed comments, blog posts, news stories, photos, videos, Diggs,and Techmeme headlines that are tagged “techcrunch50″or “tc50.” Even right now, in the middle of the… Read More

  • CollectiveX Groupsites 2.0 Makes Group Organization Sexy

    CollectiveX, a bootstrapped startup located in Maryland, will roll out version 2 of it’s year old social network collaboration platform today. Full disclosure: the company is a TechCrunch50 Exhibitor (which is a sponsor). In a nutshell, think of CollectiveX as a sort of LinkedIn-type professional social network, with collaboration tools for groups (companies, boards of directors, whatever). Read More

  • Everyone Needs To Calm Down

    I haven’t had a lot of time to jump into the fracas this weekend emerging about TechCrunch50 because the team has been busy organizing the conference, working with the Expert Panelists on scheduling issues and spending hours and hours working with the 52 startups that will be launching at the event to make sure their demos properly reflect what they’ve worked so hard to create. But… Read More

  • The Big Conference Launch: How to Stand Out from the Crowd

    Editor’s Note: This post represents the professional advice of Brian Solis who is not formally affiliated with TechCrunch50. If you are a participating TC50 company, resident TechCrunch PR expert Sarah Ross is available to share and review the public relations guidelines with you. It is important to work directly with Sarah to ensure you are in compliance with these guidelines to… Read More

  • Calacanis, Arrington Talk TechCrunch50 On TechTicker

    TechTicker’s Sarah Lacy interviewed Jason Calacanis and Michael Arrington about the upcoming TechCrunch50 conference. The first two segments are up. In the first segment, Lacy talks to the two about the origins of the conference and why they are so determined to end payola in tech events: “The conference is back on Sept. 8 and now dubbed TechCrunch50 for the 52 companies debuting… Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Is Oversold

    The TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco next Monday through Wednesday is now oversold. We had originally anticipated as many as 1,500 attendees (50% more than last year), but we blew through that number earlier this week and are now at around 1,650 attendees. The venue actually holds this many people without any problems, but we have to order more infrastructure stuff to accommodate everyone. Read More

  • Submit Your Toughest Questions For VCs on TechCrunch50 Panel

    We’re all gearing up for TechCrunch50 next week, and with all the startups and venture capitalists at the conference we thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about what it takes to get VC funding these days and whether or not venture capital even maters as much as it once did. I will be grilling a panel of VCs on what they are looking for these days, how spooked they are by… Read More

  • TechCrunch50: We Need Student Volunteers, Last DemoPit Tables Have Opened Up

    TechCrunch50 starts next Monday. We’re on track to sell out the 1,500 available tickets sometime in the next 48 hours. We’ll have a bunch of updates for attendees here and on the TC50 blog over the next few days. Here are two updates now: We need more student volunteers, and we’re opening up the last five demopit spots to non-TC50 applicants. Read More

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